I’ve been home for 2 days from my Saving Moses trip to South Sudan & we have a mouse in the pantry – probably more than one. My husband and 2 sons spent the morning clearing everything out to see if they could figure out what the mouse has been eating & they found a few culprits: peanuts, dried coconut & probably a few other items. So they’ve resealed everything, put most of it in tupperware & have set out some traps so hopefully the mouse conundrum has been resolved because mice are a nuisance & can become dangerous.
Sometimes, I think that we let little things eat away at us on the inside – small fears, insecurities, negative memories, past failures, . . . . . While these things can be annoying, if we’re not careful, they can become deadly if we don’t do some soul cleaning from time to time, to get rid of the riff raff. So let’s take a few moments this day to do a quick inventory & see if there are some parasites & pests who have been gnawing on your soul & then do some prayer to give these things to Jesus & receive His peace and wholeness in exchange 🙂
We recently watched the movie, “How to Train a Dragon” & we really enjoyed it – lots of laughing & fun! After the movie, my kids & I were talking about how the guy worked to train Toothless, his dragon. One of my kids said to me, “Mom, are you trying to train me?!?” I busted out laughing because it was a really cute & innocent question, making me smile in my heart 🙂
This question also started me thinking about the idea of “training” & what it means in various contexts – physical training, educational training, etc. To understand the training process, we need to think about how training is achieved – through discipline, education & direction. So lately, I’ve been thinking about the idea of soul training. If we think about our souls as the combination of our mind, will and emotion, then soul training would be the training of our mind & thoughts, the training of our emotions and the training of our will. So with this idea of training, it begs the question, “Who does the training?” For me, I’ve decided that the training of my soul is through the Holy Spirit, using lots of different tools including the Bible, people, situations, etc. I don’t want to be a victim of my emotions or my thoughts or my will. I want to be trained by & domesticated to the Holy Spirit. I find that soul training is less painful when I cooperate rather fight the process.
Its interesting to take a step away & look “objectively” at our desires. I think that we often get so wrapped up in achieving our desires that we neglect to consider what is motivating the desires that we have. Sometimes, you can tell alot about a person by the things they like & desire. For example, when I look at myself lately, I find that I’m very interested in deeper conversations & things that feel shallow to me at the present are very unappealing. In fact, I had a very superficial & short conversation today w someone that I’ve known for a really long time. When I got off the phone, almost the entire conversation felt like a slap in the face, I guess because I had been hoping for a discussion at greater depths.
So my take away is this: I think my desire for greater depths could possibly be a beckoning from God to move away from the shallows & into the depths w Him. Maybe the call of the wild seems wild to my soul because it is God beckoning to the depths in my heart to embark on deeper adventures with Him. I think that we need to be careful not to mistranslate our desires into shallow soul pursuits that distract us from genuinely spiritual destinations.
Probably one of my favorite verses in the Bible is Ps 42:7 – deep calls to deep & Your waves have swept over me (sarah paraphrase).